Wednesday, February 29

Wards set in Highfill

posted: 02/29/2012 12:54 a.m.

With council members Michelle Rieff and Ryan Evans present at the opening of the meeting (Toby Lester arrived later; Sandy Evans and Paula Pautsky were absent), a public hearing for an Arkansas Community and Economic Development Program grant was held, with grant writer Cassie Elliott explaining details for the wastewater improvement grant.

Springtown opens new bridge after years of hopeful waiting

posted: 02/29/2012 12:54 a.m.

After years of waiting, Springtown finally has a bridge over Flint Creek which should be passable during high water. The new bridge, made possible by money received through a federal grant, was opened Feb. 22 at a 1 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony.

Students compete at Decatur in interscholastic equestrian teams

posted: 02/29/2012 12:54 a.m.

For most students, high school sports bring to mind games such as football, basketball and soccer, but the Interscholastic Equestrian Association gives middle and high school athletes with a passion for horses another option.

Complex to be named after Reynolds

posted: 02/29/2012 12:52 a.m.

Gentry Public Schools has announced the dedication of Gentry High School’s softball and baseball fields, in honor of the late Merrill Reynolds, at 4 p.m., Friday, March 2.

Hiwasse move to annex into Gravette OK'd

posted: 02/29/2012 12:50 a.m.

Hiwasse cleared its first hurdle to become a part of Gravette when County Judge Bob Clinard on Monday ruled that all the technical requirements for its annexation were in order.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 02/29/2012 12:47 a.m.

Gentry Ribbon Cutting A ribbon cutting will be held at noon on Saturday at the new Main Street headquarters of United Electric as a part of the company’s grand opening.

Gravette Council supports Hiwasse annexation move

posted: 02/29/2012 12:43 a.m.

The Gravette City Council, at its meeting Thursday night, approved a resolution in support of Hiwasse’s voluntary annexation into the City of Gravette.

Town's council updates flood plain ordinance

posted: 02/29/2012 12:42 a.m.

With three of its five council members present (Chuck Guess, Lisa Lawrence and Amanda Richardson were present; Marvin Riley and Kay Taylor were absent), the town council heard numerous reports and adopted an updated flood-plain ordinance at its Feb. 14 meeting, according to draft minutes.

A WALK IN THE PARK: A way to enjoy the outdoors vicariously

posted: 02/29/2012 12:41 a.m.

Looking at nature photography websites provides a way to enjoy the great outdoors without leaving your office chair. Although it falls short of filling the need to get some sunshine, exercise and breathe in fresh air, living vicariously through someone else’s great outdoor pictures can still provide some pretty amazing adventures.

OBITUARIES

posted: 02/29/2012 12:40 a.m.

February 29, 2012

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: I need a good swat and swift kick when I complain

posted: 02/29/2012 12:40 a.m.

Water tank ran over again, and this time it was not my doings. One of the male offspring left the water on and went to do something else.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Is Mrs. Griz playing mind games on me?

posted: 02/29/2012 12:39 a.m.

More than a few times Mrs. Griz has challenged things which I have known to be true in order to make me doubt if I had really seen what it is that I’m sure I saw. For example, when I was truck driving across eastern Kansas, I saw a small herd of camels grazing out in the field and told her what I had seen. She just laughed and told me I was delusional after a bout with the flu because there are no camels in Kansas.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 02/29/2012 12:38 a.m.

A couple of days ago I was out looking for eagles and was on my way home when my cell phone rang.

Wanda Tormey to retire from Decatur State Bank

posted: 02/29/2012 12:36 a.m.

Wanda Tormey, human resources and operations manager at Decatur State Bank, will retire March 7, after nearly 46 years of dedicated service to the bank, a press release states.

Board adopts new zones

posted: 02/29/2012 12:35 a.m.

The Decatur School Board passed a resolution, choosing to move forward with one of two proposed school board election zone maps at its Feb. 20 school board meeting.

Man accused of rape enters not guilty plea

posted: 02/29/2012 12:32 a.m.

An Excelsior Springs, Mo., man pled not guilty to raping an 11-year-old boy.

Gravette escapes Dardanelle, beats Waldron, to play today

posted: 02/29/2012 12:31 a.m.

Terence Pierce’s demeanor never changed, even as he struggled shooting the ball early in the game.

Gentry grapplers take first, second in state

posted: 02/29/2012 12:30 a.m.

Kolby Rankin took first and Steven Thao took second in their weight classes at the recent state wrestling tournament in Little Rock.

Gravette holds on for victory, earns Class 4A No. 3 Seed

posted: 02/29/2012 12:29 a.m.

Even when his team had a 15-point lead early in the first half Saturday afternoon, Gravette boys basketball coach Dustin Peters knew his players needed to stay on alert.

VanOtterloo makes plays for the Lions

posted: 02/29/2012 12:28 a.m.

When Matt VanOtterloo drilled a 3-pointer from the corner to give Gravette a lead in its biggest game of the season, Lions boys basketball coach Dustin Peters wasn’t surprised.

Gentry's Thomas shooting for goal

posted: 02/29/2012 12:27 a.m.

From the moment Destiny Thomas started playing basketball in third grade, there wasn’t any doubt she wanted to play at the collegiate level.

NWACC Impact Group raises money to help Decatur students with ACT test fees

posted: 02/29/2012 12:26 a.m.

Thirteen students gathered in the Decatur High School library last Wednesday to make posters and decorations for a bake sale to raise money for ACT test fees.

DSD refinances school bonds for $172,542 savings

posted: 02/29/2012 12:25 a.m.

Low interest rates have allowed the Decatur School District to refinance $1.345 million in bonds on its elementary school campus for a savings of $172,542 in interest over the life of the loan.

Dr. Leonard celebrates 20th Anniversary

posted: 02/29/2012 12:24 a.m.

Dr. Kent Leonard, his family and staff welcomed visitors to his Main Street office in Gravette Thursday as he celebrated 20 years in business.

MT. PLEASANT NEWS

posted: 02/29/2012 12:23 a.m.

Hello, folks. Sorry that it has been some time since I posted any news. It seems as if news at Mt. Pleasant is fairly slim during the winter months.

Kiwanis' top officers to visit Gravette club

posted: 02/29/2012 12:23 a.m.

Two prestigious guests are expected at the meeting of the Gravette Kiwanis Club this Friday morning.

Anniversary: Mitchells celebrate 65 years

posted: 02/29/2012 12:22 a.m.

J.R. and Ruth Mitchell of Gravette, who are pictured vacationing last October in Colorado and Utah, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary March 5.

WEEKLY DEVOTION

posted: 02/29/2012 12:22 a.m.

“And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked.And, behold, a ram behind him was entangled in a thicket by its horns.And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah Will See; so that it is said until this day, In the mount of Jehovah it will be seen.” Gen. 22:13-14 (Read verses 1-19 )

Decatur FCCLA headed to state competition

posted: 02/29/2012 12:21 a.m.

The Decatur Family, Career and Community Leaders of America team placed second in two events during the district competition in December, qualifying them for the state level of competition.

OSU honor roll released

posted: 02/29/2012 12:21 a.m.

Three Gravette residents were among the 4,914 students listed on the 2011 fall honor roll at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

MAYSVILLE NEWS

posted: 02/29/2012 12:21 a.m.

We have had some more nice days. The forecast is for rain to move in and we need that.

E.H. Club members meet

posted: 02/29/2012 12:21 a.m.

Eleven Maysville E.H. Club members met at the community center February 23 for their monthly meeting.

HIWASSE NEWS

posted: 02/29/2012 12:20 a.m.

Lofty and Lamarise Carrier spent an enjoyable father/daughter day at Devil’s Den on Wednesday.

Four Gravette students expelled

posted: 02/29/2012 12:19 a.m.

Three members of the Gravette High School freshman class and one sophomore girl have been expelled from school for the remainder of the current school term.

Gentry gives awards, hears history

posted: 02/29/2012 12:19 a.m.

Gentry resident and historian Rick Parker was the featured speaker at the Gentry Chamber of Commerce Banquet. With more than 120 in attendance, Parker explained the rich history of the area and how that history could impact western Benton County today through the Northwest Arkansas Heritage Trail Map.

Chamber hands out awards for service in the Gentry community

posted: 02/29/2012 12:15 a.m.

Awards were presented Thursday at the Gentry Chamber of Commerce Banquet, held at the Wooden Spoon Restaurant Following the dinner, the following awards were presented.

Gravette approves next year's school calender

posted: 02/29/2012 12:09 a.m.

Children attending Gravette Public Schools will begin their next term Monday, Aug. 10, 2012. This is according to the 2012-13 school calendar approved by the Gravette School Board. The last day of school, according to the schedule, will be June 5, 2013, a date which has five snow days built in. A total of 178 instructional days are scheduled. Also scheduled are professional days, flex days and parent/teacher conference days.

CORRECTION: Honor Student

posted: 02/29/2012 12:06 a.m.

Nathania McKenzie, seventh-grade student, was on the Gravette Middle School A/B honor roll but accidentally omitted from the list received by the Westside Eagle Observer.

Wednesday, February 22

Gravette receives district accreditation

posted: 02/22/2012 2:01 a.m.

All four of Gravette’s schools — Glenn Duffy Elementary School, Upper Elementary School, Middle School and High School — have received accreditation as AdvancED schools by the North Central Association.

Voters give approval to school projects

posted: 02/22/2012 2:01 a.m.

Gravette School District voters last Tuesday overwhelmingly approved two improvement projects — construction of a new classroom addition to the Gravette middle school and two ball fields at the high school campus complex.

Gentry Fire Department purchases recommended

posted: 02/22/2012 2 a.m.

The fire department committee will recommend to the full council that the city use the balance of a SWEPCO gift to purchase a new pickup truck, an LED sign and a used lawn mower and leaf vacuum for the fire department.

Decatur's money now safe at DSB

posted: 02/22/2012 1:59 a.m.

The city of Decatur’s accounts at the Decatur State Bank are now fully bonded, Mayor Charles Linam reported to the city council on Thursday.

Gentry's Hendrix stars in 'Hairspray'

posted: 02/22/2012 1:58 a.m.

Kayla Hendrix, a 2011 graduate of Gentry High School, is playing the lead role in “Hairspray” at the Rogers Little Theater. Hendrix plays the role of Tracy Turnblad in the show which runs through this weekend.

Parker to speak at banquet

posted: 02/22/2012 1:57 a.m.

Rick Parker, owner of Parker Conservation, Inc., of Gentry, will be the featured speaker at Thursday’s Gentry Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet to be held at 6 p.m., at the new Wooden Spoon Restaurant in Gentry.

HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 02/22/2012 1:56 a.m.

GSAC fundraiser The Gentry Senior Activity Center is having a chili and potato soup fundraiser from 11 a.m.

String quintet to perform

posted: 02/22/2012 1:55 a.m.

The Query Family of Gravette will perform in a Music for a Sunday Afternoon concert at the Highlands (United Methodist Church) in Bella Vista, March 4 at 3 p.m.

HIWASSE NEWS

posted: 02/22/2012 1:54 a.m.

I set a pan of seed on top of the snow for my birds. As I watched them eat, I noticed one of them only had one leg. It hopped around with the rest of them and ate its fill, then flew off.

Ben, Kelly in running for Pea Ridge post

posted: 02/22/2012 1:53 a.m.

Decatur superintendent Larry Ben and Gravette superintendent Andrea Kelly are in the running to be considered for the top spot at Pea Ridge schools.

Ben offered new contract

posted: 02/22/2012 1:53 a.m.

Decatur School Board members voted to offer superintendent Larry Ben a twoyear contract at Monday’s meeting.

Public hearing set for Hiwasse annexation

posted: 02/22/2012 1:52 a.m.

A public hearing on the petition of Hiwasse area residents who wish to voluntarily annex into Gravette will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in Bentonville.

Driver's education classes offered at Gravette High

posted: 02/22/2012 1:51 a.m.

Applications are being taken from students at Gravette High School who wish to take driver’s education classes from April 2 through May 15. A student must have a driver’s permit and proof of insurance.

WEEKLY DEVOTION

posted: 02/22/2012 1:50 a.m.

“But we all, with our face having been unveiled, having beheld the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are being changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Lord Spirit.” 2 Cor. 3:18 Moses’ face shone with God’s glory after speaking with the LORD on Mt.

Eagle Observer Obituaries

posted: 02/22/2012 1:49 a.m.

Eagle Observer obituaries for February 22, 2012.

SUSAN SAYS: Recollections of visit to Mt. Vernon

posted: 02/22/2012 1:48 a.m.

Although we celebrated Presidents Day on Monday, today, February 22, is actually the birthday of our first president, George Washington. This occasion brings to mind fond memories of my trips to Washington, D.C.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Patrol-car lights: Do they promote safety or a safety-hazard?

posted: 02/22/2012 1:47 a.m.

Perhaps it's just because I'm getting older and my eyes find it harder to adjust to sudden light changes, but I'm wondering if it's not an issue for a lot of other drivers as well.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE

posted: 02/22/2012 1:46 a.m.

Did you ever lose anything and even if you look where you remember putting it, it isn’t there?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

posted: 02/22/2012 1:42 a.m.

I just want to say a huge “Thank You” to the Westside Eagle Observer newspaper, Randy Moll, and especially Annette Edwards Rowe, for doing the article last week on my wonderful Mom and Daddy.

OCH Heart Walk set for Saturday in Gravette

posted: 02/22/2012 1:41 a.m.

There’s still time to sign up to walk in the 2012 Gravette Community Heart Walk to be held this Saturday, Feb. 25.

Lions win district championship

posted: 02/22/2012 1:40 a.m.

Nine o’clock last Saturday night was the “watching hour” for the Gravette Lions as they toppled the top seed Shiloh Christian Saints 70-57 in the finals of the District 4A-1 tournament.

Gentry and Gravette lift weights in 2012 Blackhawk Power Challenge

posted: 02/22/2012 1:39 a.m.

Teams from Gentry, Gravette and Farmington participated in the 2012 Blackhawk Power Challenge hosted by the Pea Ridge High School on Feb. 9.

Lady Lions top Pioneers

posted: 02/22/2012 1:38 a.m.

Gravette’s Lady Lions topped the Gentry Lady Pioneers 72-53 in their opening round games in the District 4A-1 tournament held at the Lion Fieldhouse in Gravette last Tuesday.

Bulldogs fall short in tournament games

posted: 02/22/2012 1:37 a.m.

The Bulldogs lost their tournament game against Union Christian Eagles last Tuesday by a score of 44-37.

Ordinance changes way Decatur firemen are paid

posted: 02/22/2012 1:36 a.m.

City council members passed an ordinance at Thursday’s meeting that will simplify the way Decatur firefighters are compensated for their services.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 02/22/2012 1:35 a.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary School for the week of Feb. 13-17 are: Kindergarten — Sadie Barrett, Angela Sanchez, Tucker Hodges, Trason Hunt, Aliya Vang and Colton Kenney; First Grade — Diego Reynoso (absent), Aubrey Higgs, Amya Xiong, Tonna Westrick and Juan Garcia; and Second Grade — Martha Smith, Caileb Montes, Katryn Swinney, Jessica Turner and Paden Westrick.

CORRECTION: Gentry wins junior high tourney

posted: 02/22/2012 1:34 a.m.

Because the Eagle Observer had not yet received Gentry results at press time for the junior high tournament victory at Farmington due to a snow day at Gentry Schools, a photo and article from the Washington County Enterprise-Leader were used in last week's issue.

MAYSVILLE NEWS

posted: 02/22/2012 1:33 a.m.

aysville E.H. Club members, this Thursday is regular club day. It will be at the community building.

Gravette city billing changes take effect

posted: 02/22/2012 1:31 a.m.

Gravette water-sewer customers are being reminded of a service billing ordinance which sets meter reading dates, payment dates and also penalties for nonpayment of bills by due date.

Mullen returns to roots

posted: 02/22/2012 1:30 a.m.

It began when a Gravette father, Willard Mullen, handed his 9-year-old son a cheap department-store guitar and told him, “You’re our lead player.”

Pool's opening in Decatur doubtful

posted: 02/22/2012 1:29 a.m.

The Decatur City Swimming Pool will probably remain closed this summer because the city cannot afford a handicapped chair lift required by new federal regulations.

Wednesday, February 15

New business, ministry to open

posted: 02/15/2012 3:42 a.m.

Whether saint or sinner, or simultaneously saint and sinner, a coffee house featuring not only good coffee but also music, lectures, Bible studies and testimonials is opening in Gentry just for you.

Ambulance service agreement with Siloam Springs approved

posted: 02/15/2012 3:39 a.m.

City Council approved a memorandum of agreement with Siloam Springs to provide ambulance service within the city for 2012.

Decatur man eludes police, later arrested

posted: 02/15/2012 3:37 a.m.

Michael Wayne Watson, 29, of Decatur, was arrested in Twin Oaks, Okla. on Feb. 9 after leading Decatur police on a chase earlier in the week.

Committee holds busy two-hour session Thursday

posted: 02/15/2012 3:36 a.m.

Two ordinances that were tabled at the last Gravette City Council meeting were given “go-ahead” nods at the all-council committee meeting Thursday night.

U.S. Marshals arrest absconding fugitive

posted: 02/15/2012 3:36 a.m.

Deputies with the United States Marshals Eastern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force, along with help from deputies out of the Western District of Arkansas, Arkansas State Police, and Arkansas Probation and Parole, arrested fugitive Mark Odale Pack in Siloam Springs on Thursday. Pack was wanted out of Adair County (Okla.) on two counts of allegedly pointing a firearm at an Adair County deputy.

SWEPCO requests review of retrofit plan for Gentry plant

posted: 02/15/2012 3:32 a.m.

American Electric Power subsidiary Southwestern Electric Power Co. asked the Arkansas Public Service Commission to review the company’s plans to install environmental controls on the Flint Creek Power Plant in Gentry.

Suspect in Gentry gasoline drive-off arrested

posted: 02/15/2012 3:30 a.m.

Police arrested John L. Garrison, 46, after viewing video of a gasoline drive-off from EZMart in Gentry and identifying the pickup truck used in the theft. When police stopped Garrison, they also discovered he had a suspended driver’s license and no insurance, according to police reports.

OBITUARIES

posted: 02/15/2012 3:28 a.m.

February 15, 2012

Election deadlines fast approaching

posted: 02/15/2012 3:26 a.m.

Benton County candidates will learn where they’ll appear on the May 22 primary ballot March 8, when the ballot order is set by the luck of the draw.

Bentonville, County at odds over fees for ambulance service

posted: 02/15/2012 3:23 a.m.

Benton County officials are no closer to resolving how to provide ambulance service to county residents after a 90-minute exchange of ideas and insults. Bentonville Mayor Bob McCaslin was accused of “grandstanding” by Justice of the Peace Tom Allen while McCaslin was addressing the Quorum Court’s Public Safety Committee on having the county pay the city for ambulance service to some unincorporated areas of the county.

Halls share hearts, lives for 50-plus years

posted: 02/15/2012 3:22 a.m.

What better way to enjoy the spirit of St. Valentine’s Day than to share the story of a local couple whose love and partnership have spanned more than fifty years?

Student driving support

posted: 02/15/2012 3:20 a.m.

Ron Paul, the Republican Presidential candidate, has an ardent supporter in Gravette — 19-year-old Dylan Stewart.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Solution needed for safety issue

posted: 02/15/2012 3:04 a.m.

I'm not sure what the appropriate solution is but the city of Gentry still has a major unresolved public safety issue which seems to get pushed into the background while the city focuses on numerous other issues. As I understand, it is an issue which a previous council promised to address but still no resolution has occurred.

OFF THE CUFF: Clearing the tracks

posted: 02/15/2012 3:03 a.m.

A southbound coal train blocking the Dallas Street crossing in Gravette last Thursday morning /afternoon brought back a memory to those of us who used to have to wait and wait and wait when the Dallas Street and Main Street crossings were blocked by a derailment or another problem.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Some days are to be endured, not enjoyed

posted: 02/15/2012 3:02 a.m.

A clean day — one that has no dust, pollen or leaves flying around — is rare around this rock pile.

LOOKING BACK: Bullying has always been around

posted: 02/15/2012 3:01 a.m.

We’re hearing a lot about bullying lately. One article read, "Bullying Can’t Be Tolerated."

HIWASSE NEWS

posted: 02/15/2012 2:53 a.m.

Sympathy to Ellie Cox and family for the loss of her grandmother.

Gentry, Gravette finish out their regular season with mixed results

posted: 02/15/2012 2:50 a.m.

The Pioneers just could not keep pace with the Lions in their match up in the Lions Competition Gym on Feb. 7.

Bulldogs defeat Colcord

posted: 02/15/2012 2:48 a.m.

The Decatur Bulldogs defeated the Colcord (Okla.) Hornets 38-32, during a non-conference game in Colcord on Feb. 7.

Area schools performance is high

posted: 02/15/2012 2:48 a.m.

Schools in Gravette, Decatur and Gentry were all rated as meeting or exceeding standards under the Performance School Rating System which measures overall student achievement.

Gravette Gleamers meet

posted: 02/15/2012 2:40 a.m.

The Gravette Gleamers first 4-H meeting of the year was held Jan. 9. The meeting was called to order by Brooke Belts, president. Katherine Pembleton, Stormey Jo Pembleton and Kelsey Pembleton led the songs. The 4-H pledge was led by Blake Belts and Kelsey Pembleton.

WEEKLY DEVOTION

posted: 02/15/2012 2:32 a.m.

“And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, Go, and you shall wash seven times in the Jordan. And your flesh shall return to you, and you shall be clean.” 2 Kings 5:10 (Read verses 1-14 )

Gold Star and Merit Award

posted: 02/15/2012 2:31 a.m.

Dan Douglas, right, president of the Benton County Farm Bureau, accepted the 2011 Gold Star Award and an Award of Merit for outstanding achievement by the county organization's work during the past year.

Westside: HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 02/15/2012 2:28 a.m.

Area Meetings, Announcements, Community and Church Events

Gentry wins junior high tourney

posted: 02/15/2012 2:18 a.m.

The Gentry junior Pioneers boys basketball team claimed the 1-4 A conference championship with a 43-35 win over Farmington on the junior Cardinals’ home floor Saturday.

MAYSVILLE NEWS

posted: 02/15/2012 2 a.m.

Well, we woke up to snow Monday morning. It’s February, so guess we are due one. Hope we don’t get too much ice.

ON THE HONOR ROLLS

posted: 02/15/2012 1:59 a.m.

Local students were named on honor rolls recently released from several colleges and universities:

Decatur honors seniors

posted: 02/15/2012 1:16 a.m.

Three Decatur senior high basketball players — Kourtnee Funk, Ashley Rutledge and Katie Ramsey — and their parents were recognized during a ceremony before Thursday's 4-2 A conference games against the Hartford Hustlers.

Senior Menus

posted: 02/15/2012 1:14 a.m.

Feb. 20-24 GRAVETTE AND GENTRY SENIOR CENTERS

Tuesday, February 14

Airport expects less federal money

posted: 02/14/2012 3:21 a.m.

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport officials expect to get less money from the new federal aviation bill, but the cuts should not affect plans to rehabilitate the main runway at the airport.

Food for homeless dogs

posted: 02/14/2012 2:29 a.m.

Students from Gentry Primary School recently worked together with the Outdoor Adventures 4-H Club to have a dog food drive to help the Gentry Animal Shelter.

Boys & Girls Club receives JCPenney grant

posted: 02/14/2012 2:27 a.m.

Boys & Girls Club of Western Benton County will receive a $7,500 access grant from JCPenney to provide parents with the opportunity to engage their children with caring, adult professionals in a safe place filled with life-enhancing programs.

Wednesday, February 8

Kelly resigns post as head of district

posted: 02/08/2012 2:22 a.m.

The superintendent of Gravette School District submitted her resignation on Thursday, effective June 30.

Gentry receives gift to pay off fire station

posted: 02/08/2012 2:20 a.m.

The city’s fire station addition will be paid off this week, thanks to a generous donation by American Electric Power-Southwestern Electric Power Company.

Decatur seeks to improve ACT scores

posted: 02/08/2012 2:19 a.m.

The ACT exam is a test you can prepare for, not an intelligence test, is the message Bryan Hembree of the University of Arkansas drove home to a large crowd of parents and students in the Decatur High School Cafeteria on Jan. 19.

Gravette man charged with attempted rape

posted: 02/08/2012 2:18 a.m.

A Gravette man was in the Benton County Jail yet on Monday in connection with rape, according to a probable cause affidavit from the Benton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

School District voters to go to the polls on Valentine's Day

posted: 02/08/2012 2:16 a.m.

Voters in Gravette School District 20 will go to the polls next Tuesday in a special election to decide two major school improvement projects.

Three arrested on meth lab charges

posted: 02/08/2012 2:16 a.m.

Benton County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested three people in connection with running methamphetamine labs, authorities said last Tuesday.

AWANA kids build, race cars

posted: 02/08/2012 2:15 a.m.

Starting with an unfinished pine block and a set of wheels, children at the AWANA Club which meets at Gentry's First Baptist Church crafted their own unique race cars and put them to the test on the race track last Wednesday at the club’s annual Grand Prix.

Committee of the whole to discuss Hiwasse's annexation petition

posted: 02/08/2012 2:13 a.m.

A resolution for support of the Hiwasse annexation is on the agenda for discussion at a meeting of the Gravette City Council Committee of the Whole. The meeting is scheduled at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at the city hall.

Gravette students filming Hiwasse annexation fight

posted: 02/08/2012 2:12 a.m.

Three Gravette High School students are recording history in the form of a documentary film — for fun.

Community heart walk set for Feb. 25

posted: 02/08/2012 2:11 a.m.

The 2012 Gravette Community Heart Walk to raise funds and save lives will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, and individuals and teams are being encouraged to make plans for the activity.

Chamber announces plans

posted: 02/08/2012 2:10 a.m.

The Greater Gravette Chamber of Commerce announces the “new year brings new progress,” including launching the web site, setting activities for the annual Gravette Day celebration and the start of a new membership drive.

Looking for a home

posted: 02/08/2012 2:09 a.m.

The dogs below are available for adoption at the Gentry Animal Shelter. For more information call 736-8400.

Gentry Library participating in 'Track and Save' program

posted: 02/08/2012 2:06 a.m.

The Arkansas Energy Office, a division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, has announced “Track and Save,” a new program that will allow library patrons the opportunity to check out kilowatt meters from public libraries throughout Arkansas to measure energy use at home.

Westside Eagle: OBITUARIES

posted: 02/08/2012 2 a.m.

February 8, 2012

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Are there wolves in Arkansas? Maybe so!

posted: 02/08/2012 2 a.m.

Are there wolves in Arkansas ? In answer to last week’s editorial by that title, I received a number of replies. It makes me feel a little better knowing that others, too, have seen wolf-like creatures right here in northwest Arkansas.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Riding the leftover horse

posted: 02/08/2012 1:59 a.m.

The youngest cowboy has to ride what the older ones don’t and that was usually the old piebald horse with an overbite.

A SECOND OPINION: Hey, why not contract for hay?

posted: 02/08/2012 1:58 a.m.

I was standing in line at the feed store, visiting with other customers last week. The hot topic of the conversation was hay.

Gentry falls to Shiloh, Prairie Grove

posted: 02/08/2012 1:58 a.m.

Shiloh Christian led just 24-19 at halftime but seized control in the second half to power the Lady Saints to a 56-39 win over Gentry in 4A-1 Conference action on Jan. 31.

Westside Eagle: LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

posted: 02/08/2012 1:57 a.m.

February 8, 2012

SUSAN SAYS: Have a heart-shaped Valentine's Day

posted: 02/08/2012 1:57 a.m.

The calendar reminds us that Groundhog Day was last Thursday. If the chubby fellow’s weather predictions are correct we’ll have six more weeks of cold weather as we had a nice sunshiny day on Thursday.

Gravette to host district tournament next week

posted: 02/08/2012 1:57 a.m.

With the District 1-4 A basketball tournament scheduled to start next Tuesday in the Gravette Lion competition gym, the Gravette senior boys got into the winning act with two big victories last week.

Pioneers pin down duals

posted: 02/08/2012 1:56 a.m.

Though the Gentry grapplers lost in a dual wrestling tournament to Fort Smith Southside and Van Buren in the last full week of January, they won two last week.

Award Winners

posted: 02/08/2012 1:55 a.m.

April Abiera (right) of Gravette took first place in colored pencil competition at the state Beta Club Convention held recently at Hot Springs.

Lions Golf Classic plans under way

posted: 02/08/2012 1:55 a.m.

Springlike temperatures during the past several weeks have resulted in more than the normal number of duffers on the greens at area golf courses.

Junior Bulldogs win, both varsity teams come up short

posted: 02/08/2012 1:53 a.m.

The junior Bulldogs won their conference game against the Mountainburg Dragons on Thursday with a score of 36-30.

Westside: HOMETOWN EVENTS

posted: 02/08/2012 1:53 a.m.

Community Announcements and Events

Gravette teachers go back to school

posted: 02/08/2012 1:52 a.m.

Members of the Glenn Duffy Elementary School leadership team in Gravette recently attended leadership training sessions at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton.

District puts spotlight on technology users

posted: 02/08/2012 1:51 a.m.

Four educators from the Gentry School District were spotlighted on the district's website for their use of technology in furthering educational goals.

FBLA students place among top 10 in event

posted: 02/08/2012 1:50 a.m.

January 25 was a banner day for the Gravette High School FBLA organization. Twenty-four students traveled with their advisor, Harry Almond, his student teacher, Thomas Carreira, and Mrs. Almond to the Convention Center in Springdale for the first District VII Spring Conference.

IRWP visits Decatur ag students

posted: 02/08/2012 1:48 a.m.

David Duncan, with the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, visited Lisa Barrett’s Agriculture Science and Technology Class at the Decatur High School and did a water quality project with enviroscapes.

Roberts included on dean's list

posted: 02/08/2012 1:47 a.m.

Social science licensure major Amy Roberts, of Gravette, is among the nearly 1,200 Harding University students included on the dean’s list for grades achieved during the fall 2011 semester.

Stanfill wins best of show

posted: 02/08/2012 1:47 a.m.

Madison Stanfill won first place and best of show at last summer's Benton County Fair with the scrapbook she made as a 4-H project. She then competed in the Arkansas State Fair, where she also won first place and best of show.

Rieff-Annuschat plan May wedding

posted: 02/08/2012 1:46 a.m.

Haley Ann Rieff of Stillwater, Okla., and Darin Austin Annuschat of Kingfisher, Okla., plan to marry at 3 p.m.

Barnes on OBU honor roll for fall semester

posted: 02/08/2012 1:46 a.m.

Sarah Jillynn Barnes, of Gentry, a sophomore elementary education major, was named to Oklahoma Baptist University’s dean’s honor roll for the fall 2011 semester.

GYO signups set for this Saturday

posted: 02/08/2012 1:44 a.m.

Gentry Youth Organization tee-ball, softball and baseball signups will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Main Street ball field.

Gentry Shining Stars

posted: 02/08/2012 1:44 a.m.

The Shining Stars at Gentry Primary and Intermediate Schools

Maysville E.H. Club meets

posted: 02/08/2012 1:41 a.m.

The Maysville E.H. Club met on Jan. 26 at the home of Orpha Wardlaw for lunch followed by the regular monthly meeting.

HIWASSE NEWS

posted: 02/08/2012 1:41 a.m.

Thunder in February, frost in May.

Westside: Senior Menus

posted: 02/08/2012 1:41 a.m.

February 13-17

MAYSVILLE NEWS

posted: 02/08/2012 1:29 a.m.

We did get some rain this weekend and it was a much needed one. Cooler temps, but that can be expected in February.

Westside Eagle: WEEKLY DEVOTION

posted: 02/08/2012 12:28 a.m.

“Jehovah builds up Jerusalem; He gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their sorrows.” Psalm 147:2,3 (Read Psalm 147) Among the reasons to sing praises to Jehovah, our God, is the fact that He builds up Jerusalem, gathers the outcasts of Israel, and heals the broken-hearted, binding up their sorrows.

Wednesday, February 1

Private club license issued

posted: 02/01/2012 1:54 a.m.

Restaurant patrons in Decatur can now have a drink with their dinner without traveling out of town.

Police acquire Humvees for special use

posted: 02/01/2012 1:52 a.m.

Though the winter has so far been mild and no weather incidents have made it difficult to navigate Gentry’s streets and roads, Gentry Police Department is prepared to get around and continue to serve the needs of citizens if heavy snow or high water does come, thanks to the purchase of two military Hummers.

Literacy program moves

posted: 02/01/2012 1:52 a.m.

The Community Literacy Program of Decatur has moved to a new location at the corner of Roller Avenue and Main Street in Decatur. Decatur's literacy program, which operates in conjunction with the Community Literacy Program of Gravette, has been holding classes in the lobby of the Simmons Foods office since June of 2010.

Council adopts planning area

posted: 02/01/2012 1:51 a.m.

In addition to approving a contract for a walking trail project, the Gravette City Council Thursday night adopted a new area planning map which provides for the city to have input involving rural land development in the designated area.

Ribbon Cutting held at Pioneer Patchworks

posted: 02/01/2012 1:49 a.m.

Kristi Millsap prepares to cut the ribbon to Pioneer Patchworks, her newly acquired business on Main Street in Gentry.

Ordinance proposed to regulate trash carts

posted: 02/01/2012 1:49 a.m.

Members of the water and sewer committee are recommending the city prepare and adopt an ordinance regulating the use of the new poly-cart trash receptacles provided to Gentry trash customers by Allied Waste Services.

GRIZ BEAR COMMENTS: Are there wolves in Arkansas?

posted: 02/01/2012 1:48 a.m.

Are there wolves in Arkansas ? I know there are wolves in captivity and some folks even raise animals which are part wolf, but what I'm wanting to know is if there are any wild wolves wandering the hills and mountains of Arkansas.

A WALK IN THE PARK: We had fun on the bayou

posted: 02/01/2012 1:48 a.m.

Last year about this time we planned to take our canoe and explore a water trail on the Wattensaw Bayou located in east Arkansas (Prairie County) but, as we all well remember, the weather was not very cooperative last winter. There are a few reasons to choose winter to do this kind of float and one big one, or maybe I should say “the big one," is to avoid pesky mosquitoes.

OPINION? EVERYBODY HAS ONE: I expect there will be no hog pen for me

posted: 02/01/2012 1:47 a.m.

I finished the chores yesterday morning and got the mail before I headed to town to get some minerals. I found the male offspring lollygagging around at the feed store and sent them on back to take care of the business of raising cattle.

Cemetery Cleanup

posted: 02/01/2012 1:46 a.m.

Members of the Gravette Boys & Girls Club and the Gravette Gleamers 4-H Club joined forces Saturday in a cleanup project at Hillcrest Cemetery in Gravette.

Work on walking trail expected to begin soon

posted: 02/01/2012 1:46 a.m.

Work is expected to begin soon on a project improving and extending the walking trail in Pop Allum Park in Gravette.

Hook-Davidson married

posted: 02/01/2012 1:45 a.m.

Kristen Janece Hook of Gentry and Blake Michael Davidson of Greenwood were married Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Gentry. Mike Walker officiated over the covenant ceremony.

Lions outshoot Cardinals

posted: 02/01/2012 1:42 a.m.

Gravette junior Carson Pollreis hit a jump shot early in the third quarter and then blocked a Farmington shot a few minutes later.

Lady Bulldogs beat Eureka

posted: 02/01/2012 1:40 a.m.

The Lady Bulldogs beat the Eureka Springs Highlanders 36-31 during a 4-2 A conference game last Tuesday. “They looked like a team and they played like a team,” said Decatur coach Larry Claphan.

Bulldogs get first win

posted: 02/01/2012 1:39 a.m.

The Decatur Bulldogs celebrated their first win of the season Monday night in a nonconference game against the Oaks (Okla.) Warriors.

Gentry teams fall to Pea Ridge

posted: 02/01/2012 1:38 a.m.

Pea Ridge managed to escape Gentry on Tuesday night with a 33-28 victory, but the Lady Hawks suffered the loss of their best player in the process.

Decatur FBLA wins district competition

posted: 02/01/2012 1:36 a.m.

The Decatur High School Future Business Leaders of America placed first in several events at a district competition in Springdale last Wednesday, qualifying them for the state competition in Little Rock.

Westside Eagle: OBITUARIES

posted: 02/01/2012 12:34 a.m.

February 1, 2012